Aspiring Leaders Program
Established to enhance the leadership skills of highly motivated employees, the Aspiring Leaders Program introduces the essentials of effective leadership to equip employees to lead from where they are within their organization.
Aspiring Leaders provides an experiential, hands-on approach to motivate people to apply what they have learned by serving as influential team members and put into place tools and conditions to help sustain the learning.
Each session highlights a separate leadership topic aligned with the university competencies, includes group and facilitated discussions, with practical strategies to apply in your own organization. The curriculum includes a focus on the skills needed for successful leadership, including personal and professional effectiveness, communication, change management, building relationships, strategic thinking, and problem solving. Each session includes time for discussion and may include guest speakers with experience or expertise in leadership concepts.
Participants are required to attend all eight sessions from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm each month, in addition to monthly coaching sessions. This program may also require time outside of class for reading, coaching assignments, and journaling.
This program includes personalized coaching to debrief the classroom lessons and guide the employee through application of concepts from each session.
- Administration and Finance employees who currently do not have a formal title of leadership and have one year of service are encouraged to apply.
- A recommendation, including authorization of work time for participation, from the applicant’s supervisor.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to the work, with aspirations to build capacity as a leader.
- A commitment statement indicating intent to complete the program and attend all sessions.
Designed to grow the leadership capacity of employees across Administration and Finance, this program is limited to 15 employees.
This program is primarily for professional development and leadership growth. There is no stipend for this experience, or expectation that program participants receive preference in job searches at KU.
During the application period, interested employees should complete an application of short-essay questions. Upon completion, your supervisor will receive an email requesting a letter of support.
If needed, a select pool of applicants may be asked to meet with a review committee for a short interview. Following the full review process, a cohort of fifteen employees will be selected.